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Urban Residency

Urban Residency


Passionate about improving shared public spaces? Can creativity and collaboration contribute to a better neighbourhood and city?

Urban Residency is a weeklong urban action workshop that will take place between June 10 -16, 2013 in George Town, Penang. Selected participants will design and build projects to transform overlooked public space into a more vibrant, responsive and liveable place.

Selected participants work together to make urban and public spaces in our cities more vibrant, responsive and liveable. The workshop comprises three phases: research, design and deployment.

Urban Residency aims to encourage participants to take ownership of shared public spaces as well as understand the local context before applying their solutions or projects. Urban Residency also introduces them to creative, participatory approaches to improving urban environment.

Team #BetterCities has worked closely with local institutions and groups to devise a relevant Challenge Brief, which will be disclosed on the first day of the workshop. The selected team of mentor and participants will respond to a Challenge Brief that will identify a site within George Town, Penang (as well as its users, the built environment, associated issues).

Urban Residency is organised by #BetterCities, supported by The Embassy of Finland, Kuala Lumpur, and in partnership with George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), George Town Festival, Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP) and Think City.

For more information, please contact: Sze Ying (Programme Lead) at or Lia Tostes (Lead Mentor) at

Urban Residency is supported by The Embassy of Finland, Malaysia.